Kim O'Hara wrote:I don't know whether they have the "right" but I do know that they do nevertheless protest - often at far greater risk to themselves than in the West, and I honour their courage.
And it pays off, eventually.
To me, one of the keys is communication - first to become aware that others have better lives than people in our own city/village, then for education, then for publicity and organisation. It can be pretty simple stuff, sometimes - villagers watching the one TV in an Indian village seeing US soap-operas and seeing how Americans live, for example.
Kim O'Hara wrote:... What we are finding is that ethics and morality must be stated in non-religious terms, even when all or most religions agree. That is, we can't say, "Don't kill because jesus says it's a sin," but we have to say, "Don't kill because it makes the world a worse place."
In those terms, the Buddha's teachings on morality are fine - but have to be presented on their own merits, not "because the Buddha said so."
The Dalai Lama explored these ideas in a recent book called (iirc) "Against Religion". It's good.
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